Monday, 18 January 2010

Popstar To Operastar #12 - Loose Women

This lunchtime, Popstar To Operastar contestant Darius Campbell appeared on the ITV lifestyle show Loose Women (watch it again here). He spoke with articulation about his experience on the show, weighted/diluted sensibly for this audience:
... we live in a temperate region of the world that can be quite cold... and we owe it to ourselves and to one another to be warm and expressive in our daily lives.
and responded with discretion to Lesley Garrett's typically straight-down-the-line assessment of the production team getting him to sing a tenor 'song' (Nessun Dorma, from Puccini's Turandot) when he is 'clearly a bass-baritone'.

As an aside, it was surprisingly good to see Lesley Garrett talking about this. One forgets that she was the original classical-to-the-masses artist, pre-dating both Russell 'The Voice' Watson and Charlotte Church. She is also the only classical crossover artist to have actually sung roles in staged productions. Her absence from the show's panel is (relatively speaking) a regretful omission.

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